Vashon Island Fire and Rescue
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2015 391 1232
2014 371 1117
2013 284 1144
2012 355 1130

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Welcome to the Official Website for Vashon Island Fire and Rescue

Thanks for visiting!   I hope you find plenty of useful information about Vashon Island Fire & Rescue and your public safety needs.   - Chief Robert Larsen


The King County Fire Marshall has invoked a fire safety burn ban. During the current burn ban, the only outdoor fires allowed are small (maximum 3' x 3') recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner's permission, which must:

  • be built in a metal or concrete fire pit such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and may not be used for debris disposal;
  • be located in a clear spot free of any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure, and allow 20 foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
  • be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.

Even if you have a permit, no other outdoor burning is allowed. For more information, including links to the websites of the King County Fire Marshall and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, click here for our Burn Information page.

Attention VIFR Volunteer Applicants

If you have submitted an online application to start your application process with Vashon Island Fire and Rescue, you should have received a confirmation Email from our District Secretary Susan Wolf within 2 business days.  If you have submitted an application and have not heard from the District Secretary, please contact her at the main VIFR office number (206) 463-2405.

Chief Hank Lipe.
Chief Hank Lipe.

Chief Lipe Retires

Administration Susan Wolf, June 27

June 30th will be Chief Lipe's last day in the office. While he is wrapping up his final duties before embarking on a journey back to the East Coast and a new profession, we want to take a moment to recognize just a few of his many achievements here.

When the Board of Fire Commissioners hired Hank eight years ago, they gave him two forefronts on which to place emphasis: 1) the volunteer program ... (Full Story & Photos)

Cascadia Rising Exercise

Administration Susan Wolf, June 14

Last week VIFR, VashonBePrepared, CERT, HAM and other disaster preparedness groups worked with the King County Office of Emergency Management for a full scale earthquake scenario to better prepare for an event. National Guardsmen and representatives from local, state and federal government visited Vashon to see us in action! Are you prepared?

Click on the attached press release to learn more ... (Full Story)

Just a few of us at a recent Board retreat - seminar.  2016
Just a few of us at a recent Board retreat - seminar. 2016

2015 Annual Report to the Community

Administration Susan Wolf, May 26

Arriving in Vashon and Burton mailboxes this week is Vashon Island Fire & Rescue's "hot off the press" 2015 Annual Report. If you didn't get yours, feel free to stop by our business office located at 10020 SW Bank Road and pick up a copy. Or you can click the attachment at the end of this article to view it.

Each year we report the number of calls and types we respond to, our response times and ... (Full Story & Photos)


FF/EMT Ross Copland, December 11

VIFR has joined the NVFC volunteer recruitment & retention campaign. The National Volunteer Fire Council has given us access to great new recruiting material, retention ideas and much more. We are very proud to be part of this national campaign!

For more information on volunteer opportunities please contact Recruitment & Retention Coordinator Ross Copland (206) 707-4589

... (Full Story)

Come join us!
Come join us!

In Spite of Rain, VIFR Open House a Success!

Administration Susan Wolf, October 12

Over 300 Vashon folks braved the rain on Saturday, October 10, to participate in the Annual Open House at the Fire Station. Under the dry roof, children enjoyed face painting and a bouncy house while Sparky the Fire Dog posed for pictures. Parents took pictures of their children seated in fire engines and aid cars wearing their complimentary fire hat. Many people viewed the displays by VashonBePrepared ... (Full Story & Photos)


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